Christmas 2017 and New Year 2018 Movies on UK TV

Christmas 2017 Christmas 2017 will soon by with us, and New Year 2018 follows just a week later, thanks to the way the concept of time works.

However, which movies are showing on UK terrestrial TV this year, and what are the premieres on Christmas Day and so on? This isn’t a definitive list, but will contain all the main ones you’ll be looking for… so not the umpteenth repeat of a black-and-white 1940s movie… unless the BBC have finally decided to start showing Laurel and Hardy again. Oh, and you can assume ITV are showing all the Harry Potter movies again, but I won’t mention them since all but the last three are cropped to 16:9.

Note: While I’ve been doing this, the movies have been changing back and forth between days and moving all around the schedules on a daily basis, so… from this point on, I’m going to wait until the schedules are finalised, since it’s giving me a headache…

Saturday December 23rd:

    The Boxtrolls (Channel 4, 9.00am)
    The Muppets (2011) (BBC2, 9.30am)
    The Book Of Life (Film 4, 1.05pm)
    Cool Runnings (BBC1, 1.15pm)
    Scrooge (1970) (Channel 5, 2.40pm)
    Frozen (BBC1, 2.50pm)
    Despicable Me (ITV, 4.30pm)
    Elf: The Musical (Channel 5, 5.00pm)
    Bill (Horrible Histories) (BBC2, 6.00pm)
    Crocodile Dundee (Channel 4, 7.10am
    Gravity (ITV2, 7.10pm)
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (ITV, 8.00pm)
    The Holiday (ITV2, 9.00pm)
    The Wolverine (Channel 4, 9.00pm)
    Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? (BBC2, 10.35pm)
    High-Rise (Film 4, 11.15pm)
    Gladiator (Channel 4, 11.20pm)
    The Big Lebowski (Film 4, 1.35am)


Sunday December 24th – Christmas Eve:

    Gone With The Wind (Channel 5, 9.20am)
    Jack Frost (ITV, 9.55am)
    Planes (BBC1, 9.05am)
    The Santa Clause (BBC1, 10.30am)
    Oklahoma! (Channel 5, 1.35pm)
    Guys and Dolls (BBC2, 3.20pm)
    Scrooge (1951) (Channel 5, 4.15pm) Maigret in
    Montmartre (ITV, 8.30pm)
    The Great Gatsby (2011) (BBC2, 9.00pm)


Monday December 25th – Christmas Day:

    Bee Movie (BBC2, 7.40am)
    Scrooge (1970) (Channel 5, 8.55am)
    Dr Seuss’ The Lorax (Channel 4, 11.05am)
    Santa Claus: The Movie (ITV, 12.50pm)
    Toy Story 3 (BBC1, 1.20pm)
    Scrooged (Channel 4, 2.15pm)
    The Little Mermaid (Channel 4, 4.20pm)
    Cinderella (2015) (BBC1, 3.10pm)
    Dumbo (Channel 4, 4.30pm)
    Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time (BBC1, 5.30pm)
    Home Alone (Channel 4, 5.50pm)
    Kingsman: The Secret Service (Film 4, 9.00pm)
    Victoria: Christmas Special (ITV, 9.00pm)
    Mrs Henderson Presents (BBC2, 11.00pm)
    The Holiday (ITV, 11.20pm)
    Steptoe and Son (1972) (Channel 5, 12.00am)


Tuesday December 26th – Boxing Day:

    Thunderbirds (2004) (Channel 4, 5.45am)
    Song Of The Sea (Channel 4, 7.45am)
    Tinker Bell and the Legend of Neverbeast (BBC1, 9.00am)
    Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (ITV, 9.25am) – this must be a mistake!
    Short Circuit (Channel 4, 9.35am)
    Planes: Fire and Rescue (BBC1, 10.10am)
    Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (ITV, 11.25am)
    A Hard Day’s Night (BBC2, 12.00pm)
    Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (Channel 4, 1.00pm)
    Monsters University (BBC1, 1.30pm)
    Chariots Of Fire (Channel 5, 2.00pm)
    Shaun The Sheep: The Movie (BBC1, 2.10pm)
    Mary Poppins (BBC1, 3.30pm)
    We Bought A Zoo (Channel 4, 3.40pm)
    E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial (ITV, 4.00pm)
    The Love Punch (Channel 5, 4.15pm)
    Back To The Future (Channel 4, 6.00pm)
    Jurassic World (ITV, 6.50pm)
    Minority Report (Channel 5, 9.00pm)
    Ex Machina (Film 4, 9.00pm)
    The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (Channel 4, 12.30am)
    The Breakfast Club (Film 4, 1.45am)


Wednesday December 27th:

    Short Circuit 2 (Channel 4, 6.55am)
    K-9 (ITV, 7.25am)
    Turbo (BBC1, 9.15am)
    The Dam Busters (ITV, 9.25am)
    The Princess and The Frog (BBC1, 10.45am)
    Small Soldiers (Channel 4, 11.30am)
    Three Coins in the Fountain (BBC2, 11.45am)
    Sunshine on Leith (Channel 4, 1.30pm)
    Shrek 2 (BBC1, 2.20pm)
    Big Hero 6 (BBC1, 4.10pm)
    Back To The Future Part II (Channel 4, 4.35pm)
    A Royal Night Out (Channel 5, 6.00pm)
    Scrooged (Film 4, 6.55pm)
    Iron Man 2 (Film 4, 9.00pm)
    East Is East (Channel 4, 11.00pm)
    Colombiana (Film 4, 11.25pm)
    The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (Channel 4, 12.55am)


Thursday December 28th:

    The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (Channel 4, 6.40am)
    Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (BBC2, 7.30am)
    Babe (ITV, 9.25am)
    Kung Fu Panda (BBC1, 10.20am)
    Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World (Channel 4, 11.00am)
    The Net (Channel 4, 12.45pm)
    Shrek The Third (BBC1, 2.20pm)
    How To Train Your Dragon 2 (BBC1, 4.10pm)
    Back To The Future Part III (Channel 4, 4.15pm)
    Flight (Channel 5, 9.00pm)
    Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (BBC2, 11.00pm)
    The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three (2009) (Channel 5, 11.30pm)
    About A Boy (Channel 4, 12.10am)
    The River Wild (Channel 4, 1.55am)


Reviewer of movies, videogames and music since 1994. Aortic valve operation survivor from the same year. Running DVDfever.co.uk since 2000. Nobel Peace Prize winner 2021.
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